The market for wearable tech is certainly gaining pace, with more and more manufacturers releasing either their smart watches or fitness bands.
Asus is one of those manufacturers, who back in September announced their brand new ZenWatch, the company’s first watch to be powered by the popular Android Wear OS. The watch was produced in partnership with Google and features a curved glass design, premium leather strap and a case that has been designed to follow the natural contours of your wrist.
When it comes to the technical specification, the ZenWatch sports a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, alongside 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. The screen used is an AMOLED one which has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The screen itself is also protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for added peace of mind. Other features of the watch include an IP55 dust and waterproof rating and has a silver and rose-gold coloured finish.
As well as obviously being able to tell you the time, the watch will also allow users to track their workout progress as its capable of measuring your step count, heart rate and also stress levels via syncing with the ASUS ZenUI. The ZenWatch manager app will also allow users to customise your watchfaces, unlock your attached smart device and even locate where you left your phone. In addition, there is also some exclusive features including Remote Camera and also Presentation controls via dedicated ASUS apps. When using the ZenWatch wellness app, it will give you up-to-date information on all your fitness achievements as well as giving you tips on how to relieve any stress you might be under.
Asus said during their announcement of the ZenWatch that they would promise it would hit stores in Taiwan by November, and although they have kept their word, according to reports it would seem that it will be in very limited numbers. This obviously has a knock-on effect when it comes to availability in other countries and may mean that it might be some times before we see the ZenWatch hit our shores.
We are really hoping that Asus manages to sort out whatever problems they are currently experiencing which is obviously having an impact on distribution sooner rather than later. When released though, the ZenWatch will retail for €199.